Celia Cook-Huffman joins Manchester as VP for academic affairs

Celia Cook-HuffmanCelia Cook-Huffman has returned to her alma mater, Manchester University, as vice president for academic affairs.

She graduated from Manchester in 1986, with a bachelor’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution, followed in 1988 by a master’s degree in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her 1993 doctorate in social conflict theory is an interdisciplinary social science degree  from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

“I am honored to return to Manchester.  The education I received here was truly transformative.  I look forward to being part of the Manchester journey for this next generation of students.”

Cook-Huffman comes to Manchester from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. She began her professional academic career at Juniata in 1990, where she was a faculty member in peace and conflict studies and 
associate director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2015, she became assistant provost of the small liberal arts college.

Coming to Manchester as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded presented novel challenges, such as building relationships while remaining physically distant – hanging out with Student Senate members via Zoom and attending virtual meetings with colleagues.

“In this unprecedented moment of challenge, the Manchester community has been welcoming and supportive – not at all surprising. I have deeply appreciated the resilience of the community working together to respond to the emerging crisis, always focused on supporting students so they could successfully complete the semester.” 

Manchester hired Cook-Huffman this spring after a nationwide search.

“Of the many strong applicants we had, Celia stood out for her deep understanding of this University and small liberal arts institutions more broadly. She also brings a broad perspective of the challenges facing higher education and appreciation for the pivot we are making and the new opportunities we are pursuing,” said President Dave McFadden. “Celia brings a collaborative leadership style that aims to develop the talents in others and help them realize their full potential.”

Cook-Huffman serves on the President’s Cabinet and reports to the president.

For the media

Celia Cook-Huffman: cbcook-huffman@manchester.edu

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June 2, 2020